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Friday, November 09, 2007

Stolen Art Watch, Where's Samuel Smith-Hutchinson, 20, of Cheltenham ????

Men remanded over burglary spree

Friday, 13 October 2006

Two men charged in connection with a string of burglaries at country homes and cash machines across England have been remanded into custody.

Ricky Johnson, 53, from Cheltenham, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and will appear at Reading Crown Court on 18 January.

Samuel Smith-Hutchinson, 20, of Cheltenham, was charged with burglary and will appear on 19 October.

They were among 14 people arrested in a series of morning raids this week.

Mr Smith-Hutchinson has also been charged with aggravated vehicle taking.

Police forces involved

Another five people from Gloucestershire were later arrested in connection with the raids.

Four people have since been released on bail until December.

The arrests, part of Operation Haul, were made in Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Officers have been investigating burglaries at Ramsbury Manor in Wiltshire in February, Woolley Park House in Berkshire in April 2005, and Stanton Harcourt Manor in Oxfordshire in November 2005.

West Mercia, Thames Valley, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire forces were involved.

Fast Forward to this coming Monday November 12th 2007

The Crown Court

at Reading

Daily List for Monday 12 November 2007 at OLD SHIRE HALL

Court 4 - sitting at 10:00 am



Plea and Case Management




T20067356 JOHNSON Ricky S


Art Hostage Comments:

The name Samuel Smith-Hutchinson, 20, of Cheltenham seems to be omitted from the list of defendant's ??????

Now, I wonder why, perhaps there is someone out there who can enlighten Art Hostage ??????

I also wonder if the media will run with this very important case ??

Upon another note, have these accused, presumed innocent men been incarcerated on remand for the last year or so ??

If so, then it is a sad indictment of our judicial system that sees presumed innocent men languish in jail awaiting trial, especially if they are found to be innocent.

Has the delay been conducted as a means to an end of keeping these men off the streets for fear they would commit High Value Art Crime ??

If so, then it is shameful, why, because art theft has not only remained ever too frequent, but has actually increased since these men have been in jail.

So much for the allegations of the Johnson family being responsible for all the major art thefts that happen regularly.

Did the Johnson's steal the Lowry's, no, did the Johnson's steal the Newby table, no, did the Johnson's steal the De Morgan pottery, no, and on and on I could go, with a list as long as your arm of art thefts that have occurred whilst these accused have been behind bars.

However, I stand to be corrected, if these accused have been on bail awaiting trial ?

There is much more to come out about this case and any contributions would be much appreciated.

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To be continued...................

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